Applying Two Different Door or Drawer Styles to a Single Cabinet

Reference Number: KB-01216
Last Modified: July 23, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional


I would like the front of my cabinet to have two different door or drawer styles. How can I create this effect?


In Home Designer Pro, two different door or drawer styles can be applied within a single cabinet by accessing the Cabinet Specification dialog and modifying the face items.


To place a cabinet

  1. Launch Home Designer Pro and either Open  an existing plan or select File> New Plan .

  2. From the menu, navigate to Build> Cabinet , select an appropriate Cabinet tool, then click to place the cabinet in your plan.

    In this example, we placed a Full Height Cabinet.

Now that a cabinet is present in the plan, modifications can be made. You can also make the following modifications within your Cabinet Defaults if you would like these changes to be applied to new cabinets that you create in your plan.


To modify the cabinet

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, select the cabinet, then click on the Open Object  edit button.

  2. On the General panel of the Cabinet Specification dialog that displays, specify the Width, Height, and Floor to Bottom values to your liking.

    General panel of the Full Height Cabinet Specification

    In this example, the Width is set to 30", the Height is set to 105" and the Floor to Bottom is 0".

  3. Use your cursor and select the face item that you'd like to change in the 3D preview on the right of the dialog box.

    Selecting the top set of doors in the 3D preview

    In this example, the set of doors at the top of the cabinet are selected.

  4. This face item will now be selected and you will be taken to the Front panel. Next to Appliance/Door/Drawer for the selected face item, click the Specify button.

    Selecting the Specify button next to Appliance/Door/Drawer

  5. In the Door/Drawer Face Item Specification dialog that displays next:

    Door Face Item Specification where door changes can be made

    • Click the Library button next to the Style option to open the Select Library Object dialog, and browse the Library for a door style that matches your needs.

      In this example, the Basic Arch Recessed Panel door style has been selected.

    • Modify the other components for this face item, such as the door/drawer handle, door hinge, or drawer box/pullout properties.

    • Once all desired changes have been made, click OK.

  6. Back in the Cabinet Specification dialog, click on any other face items that you would like to be different from the rest of the cabinet, and follow the steps mentioned above to change the door/drawer style.

    If you would like to modify more than one cabinet at a time, use the Shift key to select several cabinets and change their attributes all at once, or use the object painter to take the attributes from one cabinet and place them on other cabinets.

    Alternatively, you can apply the steps mentioned above within your Cabinet Defaults so that each new cabinet placed will have two different door/drawer styles.

  7. Make any other desired changes to the cabinet, such as adjusting the Materials or Moldings that are applied, then click OK.

  8. Create a Camera  view to see the results.

    Full camera view of a cabinet with different door styles

    You can add a customized cabinet to the Library Browser for future use. To do this, select the cabinet and click the Add to Library edit tool to add it to the User Catalog folder.